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Thank you again Ray - Re: OR - Victorinox Picnicker Knife

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  • Jamie D.
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    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 6, 2007
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      --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "rayestrella1"
      <rayestrella@...> wrote:
      >
      > And here is one for the other category. The HTML may be found here;
      >
      > http://tinyurl.com/2sodml
      >
      > Now I am going to go read.
      >
      > Ray
      >
      >
      >
      > Victorinox Picnicker (Swiss Army Knife)
      > By Raymond Estrella
      >
      > OWNER REVIEW
      > September 05, 2007
      >
      > TESTER INFORMATION
      > NAME: Raymond Estrella
      > EMAIL: rayestrella@...
      > AGE: 46
      > LOCATION: Huntington Beach California USA
      > GENDER: M
      > HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
      > WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)
      >
      > I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California,
      and
      > in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round,
      and
      > average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to
      > lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike
      > hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a
      > freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo
      I
      > am usually with my brother-in-law Dave or fiancée Jenn.
      >
      > The Product
      >
      > Manufacturer: Victorinox AG
      > Web site: www.victorinox.ch
      > Model: Picnicker
      > Model number: 0.8853
      > Length listed: 4.37 in (111 mm)
      > Actual length closed: 4.3 in (109 mm)
      > Actual length open: 7.7 in (196 mm)
      > Weight listed: N/A
      > Actual weight: 2.8 oz (79 g)
      > MSRP: N/A
      > Also made as style 0.8853.W with serrated cutting edge on knife
      blade
      >
      > Product Description
      >
      > The Victorinox Picnicker (hereafter called the Picnicker or knife)
      is
      > a multi-function tool that has 11 tools in one body.
      >
      > The handles are made of red nylon. They are rounded off and have a
      > comfortable grip that is wavy on one face (where the fingers are
      when
      > the blade is down) to fit a hand more naturally. Here is a picture
      of
      > the knife with everything open and out. The tools are identified
      > below.
      >
      >
      > 1: reamer, punch
      > 2: locking blade with 3.2 in (81 mm) cutting surface
      > 3: small flat screwdriver
      > 4: can opener
      > 5: tweezers
      > 6: wire stripper
      > 7: bottle opener
      > 8: larger flat screwdriver
      > 9: toothpick
      > 10: key ring
      > 11: corkscrew
      >
      > The knife uses a sliding lock on the outside of the handle. The
      way
      > that it works is when the blade is open fully it pushes past a
      > metal "tooth" that uses a camming action to snap into a notch in
      the
      > blade that is exposed when the blade rotates past it. By sliding
      the
      > exterior knurled switch down, the tooth pulls out of the notch
      > allowing the blade to be closed.
      >
      > None of the tools protrude from the handles in such a way that
      they
      > will catch on the inside of my pocket or pack. All are easy to
      open
      > with the exception of the punch.
      >
      > Field Conditions
      >
      > I do not know where to even start as far as where this knife has
      > been. From the south up it has been carried and used in the
      following
      > parks and forests.
      >
      > San Jacinto Wilderness, Mount San Jacinto State Park, San
      Bernardino
      > National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park, San Gorgonio
      Wilderness,
      > Death Valley National Park, Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia
      National
      > Park, Domeland Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, Inyo
      National
      > Forest, Golden Trout Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness, Sierra
      > National Forest, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone
      National
      > Park.
      >
      > Elevations have ranged from sea level to at least 14000' (4267 m)
      and
      > temperatures have been from below freezing to 120 F (49 C)
      >
      > It has been on snow, sand, dirt, and rock, in sun, rain, fog and
      > smog, in hardwood forests, pine forests and petrified forests.
      >
      > Observations
      >
      > I bought the Picnicker in 1991. At the time I carried quite the
      > backpacking kitchen and was known for making some pretty good
      multi-
      > course meals while on the trail. (These are known as the heavy
      days…)
      >
      > I used it quite a lot from 1991 through 1993, and then
      sporadically
      > until now. As my approach to hiking nutrition and backpacking
      meals
      > has evolved considerably since then to a much lighter, easier-to-
      > prepare and more natural style it does not go out as often. It
      only
      > goes backpacking two or three times a year now, but goes on
      camping
      > trips or the night-before-at-the-trailhead camps another four or
      five
      > times a year.
      >
      > The blade is the highlight of this knife. I love how long and
      > straight it is. This makes it very usable to prepare food. I love
      > knives and have a lot. A Rambo-type knife is a favorite for me,
      but I
      > realize that they are horrible for food prep. (I rarely need to
      > eviscerate a chunk of cheddar…) The Picnicker shines at it.
      >
      > The blade is made from Swiss Stainless Steel. Mine has never been
      > sharpened that I can remember. I have never taken any special
      pains
      > with it in the field. I wipe food off it, usually just rinsing it
      > off. (It gets washed with soap once I get back.) The blade is
      still
      > very sharp. Running my finger (carefully) down the edge I can feel
      > some slight dings in the blade that catch my skin. None are large
      > enough to be noticeable. There are a few slight blemishes in the
      > stainless. I am amazed at how well this blade has held up after
      all
      > this time. (I am going to take it to Minnesota and steel the blade
      > and give it a good sharpening after I write this review.)
      >
      > The lock holds very well. I have never had it slip, and it is easy
      to
      > disengage. This is the only sliding lock release that I have ever
      > used.
      >
      > I have never used the reamer/punch tool. In fact when taking the
      > picture above I opened it for the second time ever. But I like to
      > think that if I had to I could use it to make a buckskin shirt or
      > something like that if forced to survive in the woods. Oh wait; I
      > have a satellite phone on most trips…
      >
      > The can opener works well but I have only used it a time or two as
      I
      > never bring canned stuff hiking and usually have a "real" can
      opener
      > when camping.
      >
      > The bottle opener works great! That is one of my favorite uses for
      > the knife. Here is a Ray's-obligatory-opening-a-beer-shot of it in
      > action. (It is such a good excuse to have a cold one at the
      office.)
      > The wire stripper under the opener is something that has never
      been
      > needed.
      >
      > I have used the screwdrivers in the field. The large one the most
      as
      > Dave and I both had packs with a screw adjustment for the
      suspension
      > that would inexplicably slide up no matter how tight we had it.
      >
      > The cork screw works well also. I have opened more than a few
      bottles
      > of wine with it at trailheads and camp sites, but have never used
      it
      > backpacking. The tweezers are pretty soft. I have used them a few
      > times to get out splinters or fine stickers, and maybe a tick or
      two.
      >
      > The toothpick is made of plastic and works OK. I do not use it
      often
      > so as not to dull it too much. I just use it for something stuck
      > between my teeth in such a way that it drives me nuts. The key
      ring
      > can be used as a lanyard ring also, but I do not use it for
      anything.
      >
      > I like the Picnicker and I will probably still be using it on
      > occasion for another 13 years.
      >
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